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Today’s New Digital Releases Features DC, Kodansha, Yen Press, and More!

Teen Titans Academy 2021 Yearbook

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Today’s New Digital Releases Features DC, Kodansha, VIZ Media, and More!

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It’s one of two new comic book days! ComiXology has you covered with your digital needs with DC Comics, Kodansha, comiXology Originals, VIZ Media, and so much more. Get shopping now or check out the individual releases by the publisher below.

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Tokyopop Announces its Assassin’s Creed Manhua Details

After the reveal of Free Comic Book Day 2021’s gold title lineup, Tokyopop has announced initial release information regarding their Assassin’s Creed Dynasty and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers titles, selected as a combination title for the annual event. Combining two original stories set in the world of Assassin’s Creed, the free comic release will include a sampling of each title.

Assassin’s Creed is an action role-playing video game series developed and published by Ubisoft® that follows the ongoing conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order throughout various moments in history around the world. Established as one of the best-selling video game series of all time, every Assassin’s Creed game is set in a new era, with a fictional exploration of important historical touchstones across various cultures.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers is a manhua by Feng Zi Su set in the same world as the most recent game release, following new characters in the Viking invasion of England in the 9th century.

Not long before the exploits of Eivor Wolf-Kissed, Jarl Stensson and his sons, Ulf and Björn, make their way to England at the behest of Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless. Filled with excitement, confidence and bloodlust, the three vikings are eager to go to war against Aelfred the Great and his Anglo Saxon army. But they would do well not to underestimate what awaits them on those green shores…

Told in one complete volume, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers can be read chapter by chapter exclusively on the INKR digital platform from April 2021, with the full digital volume available in June 2021, and the print edition scheduled for August 2022.

Assassin’s Creed Dynasty is an original story set in ancient China, created by Xu Xian Zhe

In the 14th year of the Tianbao Era (CE 755) An Lushan, a military governor with ties to the Knights Templar, leads his elite corps to rebel against the Tang Dynasty, and the ill-prepared Tang empire falters under the threat. The two capitals Luoyang and Chang’an fall and China falls under the oppression of the cruel An Lushan.

As the Tang dynasty starts to crumble, Li E, a shady Assassin trained by the Hidden Ones in the far West, teams up with Tang loyalists to turn the tide and save both the dynasty and the country from this crisis.

Released as five volumes through 2021 and into 2022, Assassin’s Creed Dynasty can be read chapter by chapter exclusively on the INKR digital platform from May 2021, with the first full volume to be released digitally from September 2021, and the print edition scheduled for January 2022. An initial release calendar for the first two volumes can be found below.

Free Comic Book Day 2021 Gold Sponsor Comic Books Revealed

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event: Free Comic Book Day. FCBD will once again be a single-day event, scheduled to take place Saturday, August 14 at local comic shops. The event, which traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in May, will be celebrated in August in 2021 in the hopes that much of the uncertainty and disruption related to COVID-19 will have passed.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee. This year’s comic book lineup features something for everyone: from superheroes, to movies and video games, to beloved franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Macmillan/First Second Books, Penguin Workshop, AfterShock Comics, Titan Comics, TOKYOPOP, and VIZ Media.

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be released tomorrow, March 17, when thirty-nine additional FCBD Silver Sponsor titles are announced. A complete listing of all fifty-one FCBD titles can also be found in the April issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on March 24.  

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2021: GOLD COMICS

AfterShock Comics | WE LIVE: THE LAST DAYS

WE LIVE: THE LAST DAYS

Archie Comics | ARCHIE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE FUN!

ARCHIE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE FUN!

BOOM! Studios | ENTER THE HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER

ENTER THE HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER

Dark Horse Comics | CRITICAL ROLE & THE WITCHER

CRITICAL ROLE & THE WITCHER

IDW Publishing | STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES

STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES

Image Comics | LADY MECHANIKA

LADY MECHANIKA

Macmillan/ First Second Books| INVESTIGATORS: ANTS IN OUR P.A.N.T.S. SNEAK PEEK!

INVESTIGATORS: ANTS IN OUR P.A.N.T.S. SNEAK PEEK!

Marvel Comics | HULK/ VENOM #1

Penguin Workshop | WHO SPARKED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT?

WHO SPARKED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT?

Titan Comics| BLADE RUNNER ONE-SHOT

BLADE RUNNER ONE-SHOT

TOKYOPOP | ASSASSIN’S CREED: VALHALLA & DYNASTY

ASSASSIN’S CREED: VALHALLA & DYNASTY

VIZ Media | ZOM 100: BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD/ DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA

ZOM 100: BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD/ DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA

Tokyopop Expands Trade Distribution with IPG

Independent Publishers Group

Independent Publishers Group (IPG) has announced a partnership with Tokyopop. Beginning January 1, 2021, Tokyopop will expand its English language trade distribution through IPG, including retail book and mass merchant accounts. Tokyopop will continue to partner with Diamond Comics to work directly with comic book retailers and expand its offerings within the direct market comic books channel.

Tokyopop has global recognition with a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including PriestAmerica’s Greatest OtakuVan Von HunterRiding Shotgun, and a slate of projects currently in development.

A part of this joint distribution includes Tokyopop’s 2021 launch of the new Resident Evil manga and graphic novels line, both digitally and in print, across multiple formats. Laughing Under the Clouds, a highly rated fantasy manga series set in ancient Japan, will also release in early 2021. Additionally, new Disney Manga titles with Tokyopop include an upcoming original The Nightmare Before Christmas story to follow up with its The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey series; a brand-new Descendants story; Stitch and the Samurai, a crossover between an ancient Japanese samurai story and the popular Disney character Stitch; and a color version of its classic Beauty and the Beast manga series. Its LOVE x LOVE imprint will feature the following new highlights: This Wonderful Season With You, from author of Dekoboko Sugar Days, now on its third printing; Still Sick, the final volume of TOKYOPOP’s bestselling Girls Love series; and Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide, an LGBTQ+ Boys Love title about traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is coming from Tokyopop

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Tokyopop has announced their release of a manga-style graphic novel to accompany the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG animation, as revealed at their New York Comic-Con Metaverse panel.

A survival horror franchise, Resident Evil has been a favorite of gamers since its first launch in 1996, and the series has sold over 100 million units cumulatively. With 2021 marking the 25th anniversary, Capcom and TMS Entertainment recently announced original CG animated series is exciting news for horror fans, and the graphic novel series will follow protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an adaptation of the CG animation.

Tokyopop Announces New Manga Titles

Tokyopop has announced a new list of manga releases for late 2020 and early 2021.

First to be released is The God and the Flightless Messenger by hagi, due to hit shelves in December 2020. A one-off BL title, it follows the story of a young messenger to the gods who struggles to fit in due to his tiny wings, but forms a bond with his unusual assignment.

“My lord, were you the one who stayed by my side?”

Shin is a messenger to the gods, but he’s always been alone because of his tiny wings. And when he’s finally assigned a god to serve, it turns out to be… a huge ball of fluff?! Stranger still, he feels an odd, nostalgic connection with the funny-looking god. 

This is not the story of how a shape-shifting god and an earnest messenger with a short temper meet, but of how they find each other again.

The God and the Flightless Messenger

A Boys Love adjacent title, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?! by Mimu Oyamada is about a woman whose shut-in brother is famous in fan communities for his Boys Love artwork and comics. A heartfelt comedy about overcoming anxieties and supporting family in their hobbies, this title is a love letter to BL fans.
 
Four years ago, Kirika Amano’s older brother became a shut-in. Since then, he’s barely even left his own room, constantly working on something at his desk. When Kirika finally finds out what he’s been doing all that time, she’s shocked — her brother creates boys love comics! Not only that, but it turns out that he’s actually quite good at it, and he’s got a dedicated fanbase.
 
Even though Kirika doesn’t understand her brother’s hobbies or the fandom that surrounds him, he’s still family. Maybe if she helps him sell his comics, she can convince him to step outside into the world again and greet his fans in person.

BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!

Following the success of Dekoboko Sugar Days, Atsuko Yusen’s This Wonderful Season With You is another BL one-shot about an unlikely highschool couple and a friendship that develops into something deeper.
 
Enoki is practically the poster-boy for what a typical nerd looks like: short and slight, complete with big round glasses and social awkwardness. His main hobby is playing video games, and he’s used to not having many friends at school. Then, he meets Shirataki, a former member of the baseball club and his exact opposite; tall, muscular and sporty. Despite their many differences, the spark of friendship between the two boys begins to grow into something more…

This Wonderful Season With You

Alter Ego is a new addition to both International Women of Manga and LOVE x LOVE imprints. The Girls Love title from Spanish creator Ana C. Sánchez deals with unrequited love and the difficulties of confessing a gay crush to a friend who appears to be straight.
 
Noel has always been in love with her best friend Elena, but she’s never been able to find the courage to confess her feelings. Then, when her friend starts dating a boy, Noel’s world collapses as she sees her chance at love slipping away.
 
One night, in a moment of desperation, Noel ends up confessing her feelings for Elena to a complete stranger. But as fate would have it, this stranger turns out to be a girl named June, Elena’s other best friend… and Noel’s rival in love! Worst of all, now June knows Noel’s secret. With everything suddenly going wrong, how can Noel ever win the girl of her dreams?

Alter Ego

A catboy themed BL by Dento HayaneThe Cat Proposed follows an exhausted salaryman who accidentally catches the eye of a mischievous bakeneko, or shapeshifting cat, who promptly decides they are meant for one another.
 
Matoi Souta is an overworked office worker tired of his life. Then, on his way home from a long day of work one day, he decides to watch a traditional Japanese play. But something strange happens. He could have sworn he saw one of the actors has cat ears.
 
It turns out that the man is actually a bakeneko — a shapeshifting cat from Japanese folklore. And then, the cat speaks: “From now on, you will be my spouse.”

 The Cat Proposed

Azumi Kyohei’s Katakoi Lamp rounds up the list with this sweet BL romance story about a café owner who develops a crush on one of his customers and struggles with how to confess his feelings.

Kazuto Muronoi runs a cute little coffee shop, where many people enjoy doing some work or writing papers for school. Among his coffee shop’s regulars is a college student named Jun, who often studies there. It was love at first sight for Kazuto! Will Kazuto be able to find the courage to confess his crush before Jun graduates college and stops frequenting the shop? And to make matters even more complicated… it seems Jun has his sights set on another worker at the café! 

Katakoi Lamp

Svetlana Chmakova’s Dramacon returns!

Dramacon

Global manga publisher and media brand Tokyopop is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Eisner Award nominee Svetlana Chmakova’s debut title with a collector’s edition release of Dramacon.  This special edition will feature over 600 pages of beautiful artwork, a brand-new cover design, and a never-before published glimpse into Svetlana’s creative process.

Originally published as a manga trilogy beginning in 2005, the drama/comedy Dramacon follows a group of friends through three years at a local anime convention. With classic coming-of-age teenage themes in mind, Dramacon is well-positioned for fans of Svetlana’s work who are looking for something more in the line of young adult (YA) stories.

Christie, an amateur writer and full-time fan, is attending her first anime convention with her artist boyfriend to promote the manga they created together! But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things get a little… well… complicated. What do you do when the person you’re falling in love with is going to be miles away in just a matter of days and you might not see them for a whole year? Take a trip to Yatta Anime Convention, where laughter, heartbreak, drama and excitement come together!

TOKYOPOP Announces New European Releases

Tokyopop

TOKYOPOP has revealed its May and June manga releases across Europe. With retail stores reopening around the world, TOKYOPOP’s worldwide publishing efforts are also picking up, with a vast selection of genres for manga fans published in German.

Wie Blüten und Blitze (Like Flowers and Lightning) by Kana Watanabe is a manga with an inspirational tone. Umiho is shy and has fallen head over heels in love, but doesn’t dare confess to her crush out of fear of rejection. Like a breath of fresh air, the headstrong Yachiko suddenly swirls into Umiho’s life and turns it upside down with a simple observation: “most of the time you’re angry most because you did nothing, right?” From that moment on, Umiho takes her fate into her own hands.

Written by Robinson Haruhara with art by Yuki SatoSuginami on Dungeon Duty is one for shounen fans. Set in modern-day Tokyo with a medieval fantasy flare, the world is under constant siege by monsters from an underground network of dungeons. Civil servants are trained, armed, and sent down to protect their homes from attack, and Suginami is an apprentice defender, ready to put his skills to the test.

Two other first volumes released in May were Sword Art Online – Project Alicization, and Dog End.

June marked the first volume of Do Something Bad With Me, by Haru Aoi. This shoujo romance title follows Towako, a teenage girl who writes her secret thoughts and fantasies down in her diary. She always keeps it safe, but when her classmate Yui gets a hold of it, he offers her a surprising proposal.

Another shoujo release, Zum Glück bei dir (Fortunately With You) from Rika Enoki is a standalone romance title. Yae grew up with her parents in Tokyo, but when they take an assignment abroad she finds herself taking care of her grandparents house in the country by herself. Fortunately, the charming neighbor Oda, who works as a priest in the nearby shrine, helps her with her chores. But it seems he might be just as interested in Yae herself…

Four more titles launching in June are Apocalyptic OrgansKoimonogatari (Love Stories), Unter der Oberfläche (Under the Surface), and Love You Till You Die.

Tokyopop Announces an Adjusted Release Schedule

Tokyopop

Tokyopop previously announced their adjusted release schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic and have revealed an adjusted schedule for their 2020 titles.

The outbreak of novel coronavirus around the world has resulted in non-essential businesses closing down temporarily, including our printer, lettering team, distributor, and other vitally important parts of the publishing process. As the industry begins to adapt and resume business, the publisher has worked closely with its industry partners to create an adjusted release schedule for the remainder of 2020.

Tokyopop will also be revealing more community projects to engage and support fans through the rest of the year, with details to follow in the future.

A full list of revised release dates can be found on the Tokyopop website.

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